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Elysha Rei (pronounced eh-lee-sha ray) is a Japanese-Australian artist that explores narratives of cultural identity, site-specific history and environmental elements through paper cutting and public art. She has a Bachelor of Visual Arts from USQ (2008), a Masters in Business Administration (2018) and is currently undertaking a PhD exploring how Nikkei Australian artists navigate their identity through creative arts practice. Rei has created and exhibited work, curated exhibitions and managed cultural spaces across Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Netherlands, Thailand and the US. She founded the international artist residency program, Sam Rit Residency in rural Thailand in 2014, and co-founded the Artist-Run-Initiative Made Creative Space Toowoomba from 2011-2013. She has been an invited artist in residence for Museum of Brisbane, Artspace Mackay, and Barcaldine Arts Council. In 2018 she was the recipient of an Asialink Arts Creative Exchange in Japan. She has public artworks in Brisbane, Toowoomba and Warwick, and artworks in the collection of the Westin Brisbane, Brisbane City Council, Warwick Regional Council, Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, QIC and the University of Southern Queensland.
Elysha has 17 years’ experience in delivering private and public art commissions, brand activations, conducting presentations, workshops and professional development mentoring for emerging artists and arts workers. Clients have included Tiffany & Co, Transcultural Exchange (Boston University), Flying Arts Alliance, Metro Arts, iAM Projects, CREATIVEMOVE, Onespace Gallery, Artisan, Brisbane City Council, BrisAsia Festival, Noosa Regional Council, Redland Art Gallery, Lockyer Valley Regional Council, Toowoomba Regional Council, Maker’s Shopfront, and the First Coat Street Art Festival Toowoomba.